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China’s Influence and the Center-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific

ISBN 9780367533564
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
392 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bringing together a team of cutting-edge researchers based in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific countries, this book focuses on the tug of war between China’s influence and forces of resistance in Hong Kong, Taiwan and selected countries in its surrounding jurisdictions.

China’s influence has met growing defiance from citizens in Hong Kong and Taiwan who fear the extinction of their valued local identities. However, the book shows that resistance to China’s influence is a global phenomenon, varying in motivation and intensity from region to region and country to country depending on the forms of China’s influence and the balances of forces in each society. The book also advances a concentric center-periphery framework for comparing different forms of extra-jurisdictional Chinese influence mechanisms, ranging from economic, military and diplomatic influences to united front operations.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, international relations, geopolitics, Chinese politics, Hong Kong-China relations, Taiwan and Asian politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Re-thinking China’s influence across surrounding jurisdictions: A concentric center-periphery framework

Brian C.H. Fong

2. More than sharp power: Chinese influence operations in Taiwan, Hong Kong and beyond

Wu Jieh-min

Part 1: Contextualizing China’s influence: The comparative perspectives

3. China’s assimilation of peripheries in former Qing imperial frontiers: A comparative-historical perspective

Ho-fung Hung

4. Peripheral nationalisms of Taiwan and Hong Kong under China’s influence: A comparative-nationalism perspective

Wu Rwei-ren

5. China’s empire-building across peripheries: A comparative-imperialism perspective

Kwong Kin Ming

Part 2: China’s Influence in Peripheral Autonomy: Hong Kong as a case study

6. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s elections: Evidence from Legislative Council elections

Ma Ngok

7. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s economy: Lessons from mainlander tourism

Jackson Yeh Kuo Hao

8. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s media: Subduing press freedom

Chan Chi Kit

9. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s entertainment industry: Lessons from film production

Klavier Wang

10. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s religions: Interreligious comparison

Ying-ho Kwong

Part 3: China’s Influence in Peripheral Contested State: Taiwan as a case study

11. China’s influence on Taiwan’s elections: The impact of the "1992 Consensus" on presidential elections

Wu Jieh-min and Liao Mei

12. China’s influence on Taiwan’s economy: The economic statecraft of mainlander tourism

Tsai Hung-Jeng

13. China’s influence on Taiwan’s media: A model of transnational diffusion of Chinese censorship

Jaw-nian Huang

14. China’s influence on Taiwan’s entertainment industry: The Chinese state, entertainment capital, and netizens in the witch-hunt for 'Taiwan independence suspects'

Liao Mei

15. China’s influence on Taiwan’s religions: Mazu belief across the strait

Ku Ming-chun and Hong Ying-fa

Part 4: China’s Influence in Peripheral Sovereign States: Cases studies from Indo-Pacific states

16. China’s influence in Southeast Asia: No easy answers

Ja Ian Chong

17. China’s influence in South Asia: Under the shadow of the Sino-Indian relationship

Chietigj Bajpaee

18. China’s Influence in Central Asia: Sinophobia and the wave of anti-China Protests

Jun Kumakura

19. China’s influence in Australia and New Zealand: Making the democratic world safe for dictatorship

Chongyi Feng and Kevin Carrico

20. Conclusion - China’s influence and the pushback: Tentative conclusions beyond Hong Kong and Taiwan

Andrew J. Nathan

21. Epilogue: The place of Hong Kong and Taiwan in the Asia policies of the Trump administration

Richard C. Bush

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Brian C.H. Fong is Associate Professor and Founding Associate Director of The Academy of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Wu Jieh-min is Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, and served as a Director at the Center for Contemporary China, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, USA.